Monday, January 19, 2015

Guy Greetings for a Shoe Box Swap

A team of us are doing a shoebox swap tonight using the new stamp sets from the 2015 Occasions Catalogue!  A shoebox swap is where each person attending designs a card using the stamp set that they sign up for and put together the paper and supplies needed for everyone else at the swap to make the card and put them all in a shoebox, with the sample. The shoeboxes are passed from person to person and you put together one card from each shoebox and go home with quite a few samples to use!

It might not be a surprise to you to learn that I chose Guy Greetings as my stamp set, but after having made a few different designs using this set, I suddenly had a hard time coming up with an original design. I looked around for some inspiration, and suddenly found it in the shape of the latest Pals Paper Arts Challenge Sketch:

I could just see the collection of old hats in that little shape in the middle of the card!  Thank you Kerry Willard Bray and Pals Paper Arts!

  • I tried to stick to the colour palette of the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack with Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Basic Gray and Sahara Sand for this card.  The hats image from Guy Greetings is stamped in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Early Espresso Stampin' Emboss Powder.  The sentiment, also from Guy Greetings, is stamped in Island Indigo.
  • The background Designer Series Paper is also from Adventure Bound and that indigo tweed was well "suited" (get it?) to the hats images.
  • The Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon is a good choice for the horizontal element in the sketch and it works well with the other colours.
  • The three little flags were punched using the Banner Punch from 3 different designs of Adventure Bound DSP. The one in the middle is longer than the punched image and so I cut a strip of DSP to just slightly less than 5/8" in width and passed one end from the top of the punch through the flag end of the punch.  When I pressed the punch only the flag end was punched out and the other end could be kept longer and trimmed to the length wanted.
  • The shape in the middle is die cut using one of the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  I cut one on the Sahara Sand cardstock that had the images heat embossed and stamped, and one from Early Espresso cardstock.  I trimmed off the knobs on the ends of the Early Espresso shape and cut it in half to glue onto the Sahara Sand shape, extending beyond the top and bottom about 1/4" to make a matte for it.
  • When you attach the flags to the image panel, add the longest in the middle first then add the two shorter ones very slightly behind it on either side.
  • Finish it off with two Early Espresso Candy Dots from the Neutrals Collection and mount the whole thing on an Early Espresso Base.
Thanks for dropping by my blog today. I'll be back tomorrow with another Sheltering Tree Design. Here's a sneak peek:

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  1. Wonderful masculine card with just enough detail. You may have just enabled me to consider that stamp set... well done. Thanks for including the PPA in your stamping fun this week!!

  2. So fun! Those hats are just fabulous...can't believe I looked right past them! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Pals Paper Arts this week!

    1. Thanks Kerry! Your sketch was just perfect for the hats!

  3. Wonderful guy's card!! Lovely embossing, which really adds to the 'guy' feeling and I love the way you extended the die for your greeting. Wonderful card!! Thanks for playing along with PPA this week!

  4. Fun card! Love the hats! The texture behind them is perfect Glad you joined us at PPA!

    1. Thanks, Linda! I just love the texture in the Adventure Bound DSP Stack.


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